I have read this on several websites and it states it also in Wikipedia. I am confused because this medicine has codeine in it, yet it says u can buy 4 ounces at the pharmacy if u are over 18? It reads like this:Robitussin DAC (more commonly known as its generic form, Cheratussin DAC) is an exempt narcotic cold medicine, which is available in the United States in a solution. A version without pseudoephedrine is called Robitussin AC. Cherastussin DAC and AC are manufactured by Qualitest. Under U.S. federal law, up to four ounces can be purchased within a 48 hour period without prescription, provided the purchaser is at least 18 years of age, sign a log book, and provide identification if not known to the ..
I seriously doubt that statement is true. Since Codeine is considered a "narcotic" and a controlled substance it is regulated by the FDA and it can not be purchased in this country without a valid prescription from a doctor. Now, in Canada Codeine is not a controlled substance and can be bought over the counter, they also have several different variations of tylenol that can be purchased with or without Codeine in it. If you are really curious about whether or not that statement is true you can call any pharmacy and ask. You can also go to the FDA's website and search for that federal law that you mentioned, although I don't think that you will get the answer that you seem to be looking for. My children have been on that medication and it has ALWAYS required a prescription regardless of how much of the medication needed. Hope this helped and good luck in your search.
2 Jan 2013
Yes, it is true. However, it is in special 4 oz. bottles marked for over the counter sale in pharmacies. Some pharmacies may carry Robitussin AC, but may not carry the special 4 oz. "Over The Counter" variety. CVS Pharmacy for instance does not carry it in any store. However, its competitor Walgreen's Pharmacy does carry it in most locations. It is approximately $13 per 4 oz. Bottle and does contain Codine. Please Use Responsibly.
13 Feb 2015
Yes you can. How do I know this? Because my daughter gets it and she lives in Iowa. She goes to the pharmacist, asks for the codeine cough syrup, shows her ID and she gets it.
30 Jun 2015
I know that ten years ago you could buy this cough syrup with the low dose behind the counter. I used to all the time and sign the log book. I seriously doubt the dea allows this anymore. 6 months ago I received a prescription for this same syrup and was insulted and let the doctor know. He said thats all he prescribed. The dea has put the fear into drs and no one is willing to prescribe narcotics (at least) more than ten unless you go to a pain clinic or have cancer. It just takes sa few anonymous calls to a few pharmacies and try some mom and pops too.
22 Jul 2015
I have purchased w/out prescription at KMart. ... asked at the window for Robitussin w/codeine, please. All I did was sign for it. This has been a while ago. Try searching for pharmacies that carry it. C
2 Oct 2015
Yes i just did in iowa ... cheratussin ac 4oz with a phone call to find it (nw ia hyvee) had it for $13 an id and Signature in the Narcotic sales and transfers log idk how offten or if it per address or per name
20 Feb 2016
It is an exempt narcotic and can be purchased OTC in most states at the discretion of the pharmacist for people over 18. Many chain pharmacies will not fill it any longer, but it is not difficult to find a local pharmacy that will fill this OTC. There are restrictions, such as limitations to how many ounces of codeine and how frequent this can be filled. At purchase, you typically have to present your DL and sign since this is tracked to limit how often you purchase this medication.
7 Jul 2016
I used to buy temparin hydrate back in the eighties without a prescription so it is probably true. I had to sign a book and show an ID
22 Oct 2016
I bought some last week. None of the chain pharmacies carry it, but I know of 2 local pharmacies that carry it in my hometown in NC.
28 Mar 2017
Yes, it can be purchased OTC w/o a prescription. At least where I live in NC. I had to buy some today (I am well over 18 if any kids are reading this and getting any ideas). Most chain pharmacies don't carry it: your best bet is to try a local mom & pop pharmacy. They keep it behind the pharmacy counter and it's sold in a 4 oz. bottle.
7 Apr 2017
It's actually true! I just learned this last semester (I'm in pharmacy school) and while most pharmacies won't do it, I actually was able to find some independents that would! 4 ounce limit. 18, ID, the whole 9... but it's true!!
2 May 2017
Yes in 4 oz bottles however the pharmacist can decide if they want to sell it to you or not but I just tried to buy some in Ohio at a rite aid they said they don't sell it. Not sure if this is valid or they just don't so I'll call another pharmacy to verify if the law has changed or different from Michigan which is where I worked in the past as a pharm tech
6 Sep 2017
It is considered a Schedule 5 (or V) OTC drug and may be purchased periodically in 4 oz bottles (2 oz in Florida). Has been that way for years. I can't find any place in Marion county which will sell it that way. Many surrounding county pharmacies will sell it. I used to get it often but it is getting more and more difficult to find, although the price has went down last time I got some. Many pharmacist and MDs don't even know it can be sold this way. A Walgreens pharmacist once called the police on me for asking to buy some.
7 Jan 2018
Here in Illinois you can buy Chertussin A/C (Vertussin A/C) OTC in the special 4 OZ bottles but no chain pharmacy's will carry it like Wal-Greens, Wal-Mart Kroger CVS etc. You have to go to the small mom and pop pharmacy or small independent pharmacy not in big cities small towns. I get it here all the time in the special 4 oz. bottle. It is a "Exempt Schedule 5" narcotic cough syrup because it has less than 30 MG of Codeine Phosphate in this preparation. The requirements are you have to be 18 with a valid state ID or Drivers License, and you can buy only 1 4 Oz bottle every 48 hours. Remember the pharmacist can sell this at his or her discretion too. Its also good to build a good and stable relationship with the pharmacist or owner as well. The pharmacy I get this at I have been doing business there for 4 years and know the pharmacist and owner really well. You also have to sign the Pseudoephedrine log as you would if you brought Claritin D.
Here in Illinois this is an Exempt Narcotic. This is 100% true as for the price it ranges from $11.50 to $15.00 a bottle. Hope this helps.
14 Jan 2018
I'm not sure about that RX, but I did buy OTC cough syrup that has Codeine and Guaifensesin at my pharmacy today. They had to see my ID, and both myself and the pharmacist had to sign the log book. I think it all depends on the pharmacy and the state laws. I hope that helps!
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